Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
— May Sarton
“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”
I hope you are well and happy and are experiencing your interbeing with everything and everyone.
We will be practicing interbeing on Sunday evening at 6:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County on North Road in Peace Dale. We will enjoy sitting meditation, continue to study the Eighth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings (see below), recite the Five Trainings and share the Dharma. Clare will be facilitating and it will be lovely to be able to be together again. I hope you will be able to attend.
Just a reminder....
Tomorrow, Clare is offering a Day Of Mindfulness at her home and there are still a couple of spaces. It will take place between 9 and 1. I have added Clare's information about the day below. It should be wonderful.
This is also a reminder that there are all sorts of resources - Dharma talks, chants, etc. at our monastery websites. Here is a link from Deer Park ...Enjoy! https://deerparkmonastery.org/discover-the-teachings/
Don't Forget the Plum Village App. It is slso a wonderful resource.
and then to water even more seeds of joy...in a world in need of lots of healing...the healing power of gardens...
and creativity and spiritual healing.... this amazing temple created Temple from the" Burning Man" by David Best at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. It is a temple to our ancestors - so beautiful and hard to believe that it is humanly possible to create something of such beauty. Here is an interview with the creator....enjoy!
I hope to be able to be with you all soon...and in the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying every moment of this amazing springtime.
with much love and the healing energy of a spring garden for you,
The Eighth Mindfulness Training:
True Community and Communication
Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. Knowing that true community is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of the harmony of views, thinking and speech, we will practice to share our understanding and experiences with members in our community in order to arrive at a collective insight. We are determined to learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create discord or cause the community to break. Whenever difficulties arise, we will remain in our Sangha and practice looking deeply into ourselves and others to recognize all the causes and conditions, including our own habit energies, that have brought about the difficulties. We will take responsibility for the ways we may have contributed to the conflict and keep communication open. We will not behave as a victim but be active in finding ways to reconcile and resolve all conflicts however small.
INFORMATION FROM CLARE ABOUT THE DOM
A day of mindfulness is being offered at the home of Clare and Art at 680 Curtis Corner Road, Wakefield RI on Saturday, June 1st.
We will begin at 9 a.m. with a sitting meditation and we will have a walking meditation and stick qigong practice as well as a deep relaxation and talk by Thay. We will end with a vegetarian potluck lunch.
This is such a precious time to be together. Please bring your own cushion if you prefer a cushion and prepare to spend a day in the company of loving beings. There will be an option to walking outside for those who are wary of ticks. Everyone please be prepared with sunscreen and tick protection. If you have any questions, please email them to Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP so we have a sense of how many people to expect.
The fragrance of the lilac to you,